Three Ways The Andy Griffith Show Taught Me How Not to Be a Dad
I was up but everyone else was in bed this Saturday morning and, to kill time, I wound up watching some re-runs of The Andy Griffith Show. While Andy Taylor (Griffith) is arguably one of the best TV dads off all time, I realized he does have some bad parenting habits that, as a dad myself, I would be reluctant to imitate.
Here are the three big ones:
Taking parent advice from non-parents. Specifically, he seems to value advice from his unmarried and childless deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts). Not only does Barney have zero first-hand experience raising a child, he has never even proven to be wise about everyday things in general. He'd the last person I'd ask advice from, especially when it came to any of my children.